About clinical trials

CLINICAL TRIALS COULD HELP FIND A NEW INVESTIGATIONAL TREATMENT FOR PSP

A clinical trial is a type of research that tests an investigational study drug to see how well it works and how safe it is to use for different kinds of study participants. An investigational study drug must be tested in clinical trials before it may be approved for use by study participants. Clinical trials play an important role in developing new investigational medications and treatments for people with illnesses.

Clinical trials follow specific research plans called ‘protocols’. Research plans are designed to help us better understand diseases and existing and new investigational treatments.

There are rules and regulations in place to protect clinical trial participants. All clinical trials have their own specific research plan that is required to be strictly followed.

Before a clinical trial begins, the research plan is reviewed for approval by an Ethics Committee (EC) or Institutional Review Board (IRB). An EC or IRB is a group of doctors, researchers, and community members, who are independent from the group running the clinical trial and who have policies in place to protect the rights and welfare of clinical trial participants.

EC and IRB reviews weigh the risks and benefits of participating, and ensure that study participants’ rights and well-being are protected. The clinical trial can only move forward if the research plan is approved.

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